Friday, 13 February 2015

Audiobook Review: One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) by Jeaniene Frost


Series: Night Huntress #2
Publisher: Audible
Publication Date: 29 April 2008
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Audible
Audio or Book: Audio
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert



Overview:


You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again. Original.





Previous reviews:
Reckoning #0.5
Halfway to the Grave #1

My Review:
Wow, where do I even begin. I loved this series before and I love it even more now! It took me a while to be able to squeeze this one in as I had 2 audio reviews that were priority above this one. Cat and Bones are by far my number 1 paranormal couple. Jeaniene has made my top author list and I kick myself for waiting so long to get to her books!!!

If you ever wanted to try out an audio book.. start with this series. I used my first free token to grab book 1, another one for book 2 and now I am going to enter all the audiobook competitions I can find so I can get book 3! 


Narrator: 5/5 Tavia Scott - I love her narrating and will listen to anything by her! I cannot sing enough praise for this awesome lady. She has set the bar high for audiobook narrators in my opinion. 

Characters & Storyline: 5/5

Jeaniene creates wonderful and colourful characters. She draws you in and you experience everything with them. 

Cat - I love Cat!! She is sassy, fun, smart and well just all round brilliant. I was heart-broken at the end of Halfway to the Grave and wanted to whack Cat over the head with her own book. I am happy to say that she got some sense knocked into her and I loved every moment of this adventure. 

Bones - oh *swoon* melts in a puddle.... sigh... oh sorry were you waiting to hear more about this absolutely delicious character? Bones is as swoonworthy as ever and he knows just how to handle Cat. Every girl could only hope to find a man who loves her like that. 

Justina - Grrr... I couldn't handle Cat's mom the first time round and I didn't like her any better the second time round. I am so happy Cat is learning to stand up to her!! I love it when Bones is straight with and scares the nillies out of her!!!! 

Dawn - Wow now there is a surprise waiting for you guys!!! I did not see that one coming. 

Tate, Juan and Cooper - Juan is by far my favourite characters (Other than Bones). He cracked me up so many times and I think I smiled every time he was in a scene. Cooper and Tate are your typical male macho characters but you love them anyway - even with their arrogance. All 3 would give their lives for Cat any day of the week and they sure proved it. 

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 5/5  
Plot = amazing. Pace = Perfect. This story is filled with so many swoonworthy moments and not to mention the steamy ones that had me blushing in traffic! Jeaniene takes you through every single emotion imaginable and then wrings you out some more. I don't think I can sing enough praise for Jeaniene. I will be listening to this series time and time again for sure. One thing I love about her is that she doesn't leave us with cliffhangers but with enough to make us want to read the next book. Jeaniene pulled out quite the emotional card for this one - linked to friendship. 

Cover talk: 5/5 Love the cover! 

Final Thoughts: An fantastic follow up book and I cannot wait to move on to book 3. Anyone want to donate it for my Birthday/Christmas/Just cause you love me???  *tee hee*

My Rating:

Books in the series :




Author Bio:
Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

Author Links:Goodreads l Twitter l Website



Love


Chanzie



Wednesday, 11 February 2015

MWYA Random Ramblings - Where have I been?





Hello everyone! 



Firstly I do apologise for going completely MIA. To say my life got completely turned upside and inside out is a complete understatement. Without going into much detail lets just say I am starting a complete new chapter and life. 



My posts will probably not be as regular as they used to be, but I will still be here! I resigned from my job and am going on an adventure (I sound like the hobbit - tee hee) - maybe I'll go on many adventures around the world. I have some amazing opportunities that have come my way and I am grabbing them with both hands!! If I'm in your part of the world I'll let you know and hopefully get to meet a few of you amazing people. 

I was going to visit the USA but unfortunately my visa was declined *shock* I was quite upset initially but after thinking about it, maybe I am just not meant to travel there right now... There are so many of my blogging friends I would love to meet and attend a book event or two. I haven't given up yet!!!

Thank you to the friends that have been there for me and really were shining lights in my life. I will be getting back into my writing and blogging slowly but surely. I barely even read 2 book since the beginning of December! I know this is shocking as most people know how much I am capable of reading. Everything just became overwhelming and I just disconnected. The timeout has been good for me and I have had a lot of time to reassess my life. 

I have missed everyone in the blogging world and hope to reconnect with all of you and visit your blogs to see what amazing books and posts I have been missing. 











Friday, 19 December 2014

Book Review: Rift (Nightshade Prequel #1) by Andrea Cremer

Series: Nightshade Prequel #1
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: 07 August 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Length: 430 pages



Overview:

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.


With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.


~ Official Book trailer ~






Previous reviews:
Nightshade (Nightshade #1)
Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)
Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)

My Review:

I decided to continue the Nightshade world reading binge! It's easier to stay connected with the characters while you are still in the series world. 


Rift is quite different to the Nightshade series. It is more of a historical fiction type setting but is still quite the adventure. Initially I wasn't too interested in Rift when I read the sneak peak chapter at the end of Bloodrose, but then I read Aftermath and the link there between the characters and the stories peaked my interest. So I gave it a shot. 


Characters & Story line: 5/5


The characters Andrea creates in Rift are so different yet so amazing. There is a bit of a triangle in the story but it keeps it interesting. 



Ember is brave, strong and independent. I enjoyed how she handled any obstacle thrown her way. I feel a bit sorry for Alistair. I do think his love for Ember is a bit selfish but his heart is in the right place. Barrow is a strong warrior, Ember's mentor and probably one of my favourite characters. 



Eira & Cian - The weird sisters. The main female warriors of the Guard. I enjoyed how even the noblest of intentions can lead one astray. I found it fascinating the watch how Bosque Mar managed to reel Eira in. 


Plot, Pace, Writing style: 5/5  
Andrea's writing style and ability to weave amazing story, taking you a thrilling adventure and leaves you breathless. You are kept at the edge of your seat as everything unfolds and you see how everything began before the Keepers & Searchers. 

Cover talk: 4/5 The Cover is gorgeous and paints the perfect picture of Ember. 

Final Thoughts: Rift ends on quite a cliffhanger and exactly halfway through this story of how everything began. I cannot wait to see everything come together in Rise. 

My Rating:

Books in the series / Other books by this Author:








Author Bio:
Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. 


Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.


Author Links: Goodreads l website l twitter





Love

Chanzie



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Book Review: The Fairy Godmother's Guide to getting what you want by Donna McCallum

Publisher: Zebra Press
Publication Date: 01 September 2013
Genre: Motivational 
Source: Purchase (Kalahari.com)
Format: ebook
Length: 245 pages


Overview:

The Fairy Godmother's Guide to Getting What You Want is a self-help book with a difference. It does not claim to offer a quick fix - rather, it offers everyone who is willing and ready to take responsibility for their lives guidelines to living the life they want. By stressing the importance of connecting body, mind and spirit, discussing these three systems in depth and providing practical exercises, you will be able to bring these three dimensions into alignment so that you, too, can lead a fulfilling, rewarding and purposeful life.




My Review:


I am very blessed to have met Donna, South Africa's very own Fairy Godmother! I first discovered her in an article in the Glamour magazine and then went on to do the Money Magic course through Fairy Godmother Inc. I discovered Donna had written a book and picked it up on Kalahari.com the very next day for only R 60.00! 

The first part of the book is Donna's story. I wanted to cry - it felt like reading my own story, it hit that close to home and with the things I wanted to achieve in my life. The way she wrote about how she felt... was the exact way that I felt at that moment in my life. I decided to work through the book at a slower pace and do every single exercise - no matter how long it took me. Sometimes when I read through these types of books I just skim the exercises and make mental notes. Nope not this time - I did every single one of them. And you know what?? They work! Every thing she describes and explains makes so much sense. Life is all about balance. Not just emotional balance, but emotional, physical and spiritual. 

I will be getting this book in PB sometime soon and will make sure to ask Donna to sign it for me *tee hee*

Final Thoughts: This is a truly motivational and life-changing read. One I will surely re-read again and again!

My Rating:



Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Website


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Chanzie